African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading...

25 may 2020

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend...

18 may 2020

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of...

05 may 2020

DITP partners with allies to promote Thailand as World’s Jewelry Hub

13 february 2020

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, has demonstrated its confidence in the potential of Thailand to become the World’s Jewelry Hub. The DITP has also announced its readiness to organize the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair this February to offer new opportunities for Thai entrepreneurs to meet international buyers says a press release from DITP. 

Image credit: DITP

Somdet Susomboon, DITP Director-General said: “Thailand’s gems and jewellery industry has the potential to become the World’s Jewelry Hub with its various strengths. Most importantly, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is considered a key trading platform that is recognized internationally,” said the Director-General.
The 65th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will be held from February 25th to 29th, 2020 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani. The event will feature numerous activities, from the Siam Silver Showcase exhibition that tells the story of Thai silver from past to present, networking activities, and export clinic held by commercial attaches, to seminars to educate and develop the capabilities of Thai entrepreneurs.
Also, at the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, participants can join the coloured stone auction held by Bonas, diamond brokers based in London with over ten years of online auctioning experience. Organizers of the fair will be implementing measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, in order to ensure the safety of all participants.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished